Seniors and Caregivers: Establish an Emergency Action Plan

For seniors and their caregivers, having a plan in place should an emergency strike can provide some peace of mind in a turbulent world. A crisis, such as illness, trauma, natural disaster, or any other unexpected adverse event, may one day require you to act quickly and decisively. Thinking and adapting can be particularly difficult […]

Survey Uncovers Caregiver Support Needs, Possible Solutions

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the more than 50 million unsung heroes who support their older loved ones in aging with dignity and grace. Many family caregivers are working caregivers; they have a primary occupation in addition to caring for an aging loved one. Choosing to work while also providing […]

Do Caregiver Duties Help Older Women Live Longer?

         Despite the considerable stress of serving as an unpaid caregiver, a new study suggests that caring for a loved one may increase longevity among older women. The findings, published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, revealed that women who said they were taking care of a loved one regularly had a mortality rate […]

Are You a Family Caregiver? New Bill Seeks to Lower Costs

         The recently proposed legislation seeks to offer financial relief for unpaid family caregivers. Introduced in November 2023, the Lowering Costs for Caregivers Act of 2023 is the result of a bipartisan effort to lessen the costs of family caregiving. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has also endorsed the bill. If the act becomes law, it will […]

What Is the Difference Between Palliative and Hospice Care?

Palliative care and hospice care can provide comfort to seriously ill patients and patients who have received a prognosis of imminent death. Each type of care is intended to improve the quality of life among patients who receive it. Many people use hospice and palliative care interchangeably, but important distinctions exist. Here are the differences […]

2023 AARP Report Recommends Supports for Family Caregivers

        Many older Americans choose to have their family members care for them as they age. Yet, despite the comfort a familiar face may provide, there is a significant cost for the loved ones who sacrifice their time, and often their upward economic mobility, to ensure they can secure proper care for their senior parent. […]

What Is Hospice Care at Home?

         Hospice care is a type of health care patients with terminally ill conditions rely on at the end of their lives. This type of care focuses on pain management and emotional, spiritual, and familial support for patients nearing the end of their lives. There are several options for receiving hospice care, including being cared […]

Depressive Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease Family Caregivers

          A new study reveals that 60 percent of family members taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease exhibited symptoms of depression that worsened over time. Researchers tracked symptoms of depression in family caregivers from when their loved ones were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease until five years later. A third of the caregivers – […]

Feds Announce New Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

          The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently started to focus on finding ways to support family caregivers by assisting them with resources to maintain their health, well-being, and financial security while they act as caregivers. As part of this, it has announced the implementation of a 2022 National Strategy to […]

Caregivers Are Getting Younger, Making Planning for Long-Term Care Even More Important

          As baby boomers age, more and more millennials are becoming caregivers. Many are taking on this role while just getting started in their own lives, leading to difficult decisions about priorities. Proper planning can help them navigate this terrain.  The term “sandwich generation” was coined to refer to baby boomers who were taking care […]